Associate Professor
Music and Human Services Minor Coordinator

David A. Stringham has taught music to students of all ages in public school, private studio, college, and community settings. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at James Madison University, where he coordinates the university’s interdisciplinary minor in Music and Human Services, leads the JMU Jazz Band, mentors undergraduate and graduate researchers, and teaches courses in music technology and music education.

Dr. Stringham’s research and teaching interests include composition, improvisation, music technology, and lifelong musicianship. He has presented research and best practice sessions in local, state, national, and international venues. His most recent work is in press with the International Journal of Music Education and Music Educators Journal and published in the co-edited book Engaging Musical Practices: A Sourcebook for Instrumental Music (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Other recent projects include transcriptions of three bonus tracks from Duke Ellington’s album Such Sweet Thunder.

Dr. Stringham also currently serves as Chair of NAfME’s Council for Music Composition and Research Council Chair for the Virginia Music Educators Association. Prior to joining the faculty at James Madison University in 2010, he taught middle school and high school instrumental music in New York State, and earned degrees in music education from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (BM with Highest Distinction, MM, PhD).

Music Education Professors and Instructors

William Dabback

William Dabback
Professor, Music Education Coordinator
dabbacwm@jmu.edu
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David Stringham

David Stringham
Associate Professor, Music and Human Services Minor Coordinator
stringda@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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Jesse Rathgeber

Jesse Rathgeber
Assistant Professor

Ensemble Directors

Stephen Bolstad

Stephen P. Bolstad
Professor, Director of Bands
Ensemble Area Coordinator
bolstasp@jmu.edu
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Scott Rikkers

Scott Rikkers
Director of the Marching Royal Dukes, Assistant Director of Bands
rikkersd@jmu.edu
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Amy Birdsong

Amy Birdsong
Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Pep Band
birdsoae@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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Chuck Dotas

Chuck Dotas
Professor, Director of Jazz Studies
dotascj@jmu.edu
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David Stringham

David Stringham
Associate Professor, Music and Human Services Minor Coordinator
stringda@jmu.edu
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Foster Beyers

Foster Beyers
Assistant Professor
Director of Orchestras
beyersfj@jmu.edu
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Don Rierson

Don Rierson
Associate Professor, Director of Opera and Music Theatre
riersodg@jmu.edu
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